TTT4201 - Radio System Design and RF/Microwave Measurement Techniques


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Semester assignment 20/100 A
Assignment 20/100 G
Written examination 60/100 4 hours G

Course content

The course will provide students with a system overview of the design of a radio system, detailed knowledge of important components in the "physical layers" for different radio systems and in-depth understanding in the design of circuits included in radio systems for eg. communication, radar and navigation.
The course provides detailed description of the design of RF / Microwave radio transmitters and receivers, general radio system design, basic link budget analysis for wireless communication systems, radio waves, antennas. Furthermore, the course provides detailed description of transmission lines, matching circuits, receiver and transmitter amplifiers, noise and distortion, models of the various components such as R, C, L, transistors (HBT and HEMT), oscillators, mixers, low noise amplifiers, power amplifiers and complete transceivers.
The course will provide a thorough introduction to RF / Microwave measurement techniques, calibration and calibration methods (SOLT, TRL, LRM, LRRM etc.), measurement accuracy, spectrum analyzer and network analyzer, measurement and passive components measurement.

Learning outcome

The candidate has
- In-depth knowledge of matching circuits, two and n-port parameters (s-parameters etc), descriptions and models of the various components such as R, C, L and transistors (HBT and HEMT).
- detailed knowledge of the design of a radio system, antennas, transmission lines, oscillators, mixers, low noise amplifiers, power amplifiers.
- detailed knowledge of RF / microwave instrumentation as spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, generators, etc.
- detailed knowledge of instrument calibration and different calibration methods (SOLT, TRL, LRM, LRRM, etc.), and understands measurement accuracy and measurement techniques for active and passive components.
- good knowledge of noise and distortion in communication systems.
- basic knowledge of radio wave propagation and link budget
The candidate can
- perform detailed calculations on matching circuits for all components of radio transmitters and receivers.
- calculate the main features of a radio system and set up the link budget.
- use advanced simulators for RF circuit design.
- can use advanced RF / microwave instrumentation as spectrum analyzer, network analyzer for RF / microwave measurements.
General competence:
The candidate can
- collaborate around the solution of projects with practical simulations and laboratory measurements.
- present results of a project assignment

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, CAD -and laboratory exercises, and a semester project.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises
  • Lab
  • Lab exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final written exam (60%), an exercise (20%) and a semester exercise with lab (20%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. The exam and exercise count together 80%. The exercise counts only positively, which means: If the exam alone (80%) gives a higher score than the exam (60%) + exercise (20%), the highest score will be counting. Lab exercises are mandatory and consists of a laboratory assignment and measurements in the semester exercise. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral. If the exam is to be repeated, the whole course needs to be taken.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Given at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TTT4200 3.7 01.09.2019
TTT4212 3.7 01.09.2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 4

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Electronics
  • Electronics and Telecommunications
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Electronic Systems



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Semester assignment 20/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 20/100 G
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 60/100 G 2020-11-24 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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